19 January 2021
Arcare proudly opened its 43rd aged care residence on Monday 18th January 2021, as 5-star aged care community, Arcare Essendon opened its doors in Victoria.
The state-of-the-art aged care community will offer the residents the opportunity to experience 5-star aged care living, housing an onsite café, movie theatre, worship room, billiards room, private dining room, manicured courtyards and gardens, several intimate dining and lounge rooms, and wellbeing centre, fully equipped with a hair salon and gym equipment.
Arcare Essendon will offer permanent care to residents across the 120 private suites. All suites come complete with a private ensuite, flat-screen television, individual heating and cooling, courtyard or balcony access, wireless internet and Foxtel access. Pending to the location of the suite, some residents will also be treated to in-suite kitchenette access, spacious walk in robe storage and to stunning views of the Melbourne city skyline or the Dandenong Ranges.
The care at Arcare Essendon will be centred around Arcare’s award-winning Relationship-First Dedicated Assignment model, which focuses on building meaningful relationships between the residents, their family and the team.
Arcare CEO Colin Singh says
“Our Dedicated Assignment model was first rolled out across Arcare’s residences throughout 2014 and 2015 and was awarded a 2015 Better Practice Award by the federal government. Our relationship-first approach to celebrating and supporting old age is not only unique to Arcare, but also considered by aged care experts globally to be at the forefront of elder-care. This approach is driven by Arcare’s values of relationships, uniqueness, partnerships and flexibility.”
Arcare’s Dedicated Assignments involve all team members committing to work regular shifts with exactly the same small group of clients every time they come to work.
Arcare Essendon’s Residence Manager, Shantala Suresh joins the team from Arcare Surrey Hills, where she worked as the Residence Manager for three years.
“A career in aged care is extremely rewarding. I do not treat my role as just a job; it feels like I leave home every day to go to another home and meet an extended version of my family,” Shantala says.
“I feel incredibly grateful to join Arcare Essendon and help build our connection and trust with the senior members of the surrounding area – whether that be through our high-quality care, bustling social calendar driven by our dedicated lifestyle team or through our community volunteer program.”
To celebrate the residence’s milestone opening on Monday 18th January, the Arcare Essendon team gathered together (albeit socially distanced) for an intimate official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Residence manager, Shantala was joined by Arcare Essendon’s first resident, Doug, to cut the ceremonial ribbon, toasting to the success the new aged care community.
The Arcare Essendon community are looking forward to welcoming new residents and families.